Unlock LG G3 T-Mobile – If you thought a “retina display” was the limit of what a good screen could be, then you better hold your jaw before it crashes the floor: meet LG’s 2014 flagship phone, the LG G3. With features like a 5.5 inch 4k screen with outstanding 534ppi density ,4k video recording capability and laser focus (yes, laser), is this beast of a phone enough to be crowned as best android phone so far? Read on to find out!
Thanks to its rounded back, and edge to edge screen design, the G3 manages to feel confortable in your hand, despite it’s big 5.5 inch screen which you would normally associate with “phablet” phones. But no, LG made it very thin and light at just 149g, only 4 grams heavier than the Galaxy S5 (a half inch smaller phone by the way) and 10 grams lighter than the HTC One M8.
LG deserves even more credit here with it’s design innovation. With such a big phone it would have been uncomfortable to have the volume buttons in one side, so they are in the back where you can reach them with your index finger. Recessed between the volume button is the power button. By the way, the back of the phone looks like polished metal but it’s actually made of plastic. It’s a removable door that gives you access to the 3000mAh battery, the micro-sim card and the micro SD card. On the top center you’ll find the 13 megapixel camera, capable of recording 4k video, the two tone LED flash and a laser which aids the focusing, something never seen before on a phone. On the bottom part of the back there’s the loud speaker.
There are no buttons on the side or on the top, making one handed operation easy. The only thing you’ll see on the sides is actually at the bottom edge where the micro usb hole is, next to the headphones jack. An aesthetically pleasing and clever design choice.
Moving on to the front you’ll see the huge qHD 5.5 inch screen with nothing but the speaker on the top and LG logo at the bottom. No home button, no capacitive buttons (it is all handled by software). It’s a clean looking well thought-out design. Although it’s still plastic, it looks like a much better plastic as the previous LG G2, combined with the curved back, you get a nice feel in your hand despite the size.
Now, the screen. Remember when HD resolution was overkill for a phone? Well, this one has four times that. To be fair, four times 720p HD, but still far more than any HD TV. It’s pixel count is the same as Apple’s 27 inch iMac: 2560 x 1440 pixels which is ridiculously sharp at 534 pixels per inch. Pixel count is not everything, though. The choice of LED Backlit IPS LCD means the black levels of this screen aren’t as low as Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and also its colors are not as vibrant but we are nit picking here. What potentially is an issue is that this screen is not as bright as the competition and worse, if you use it at full brightness, the battery will go down quickly and you’ll get a message saying that the phone is overheating and must turn the brightness down. Still, It’s perfectly usable outside, but is almost embarrassing to be showing off your phone and getting that waring message. Not cool LG.
Heading off to software, and going along with the minimalistic design, LG simplified it’s “Optimus” user interface, layered of course, over Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It’s nice, clean and simple with folding animations when sliding through home screens… But there are two little things that may need improvement, though: The notifications center provides so much detail in each notification that you can’t see more than 3 without scrolling and the settings app is kind of a mess. Other than that, everything is nice, with two gems oft its own: a split screen mode for multi tasking action, and a vertically resizable keyboard capable of showing a dedicated numbers row. Nice.
On the performance side of things, the G3 sports a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor that can reach 2.5Ghz and 2GB of system RAM on the 16GB model. The 32GB model comes with 3GB of RAM. It can take up to 128GB of additional storage with the micro sd card slot, it has the latest wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and plenty of LTE bands. Also comes with latest Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Heck, they throwed in an infrared port.
The back camera is a 13 megapixel one, aided by a dual tone flash, exactly as the iPhone 5S has. It can also record 120 fps slow motion video. What is completely new is the laser focusing system, which allows the G3 to focus as fast on the dark as it does on sunlight. Very impressive. The camera app is very simple and easy to use, in stark contrast with samsung’s confusing menus and settings.
Battery life is sufficient as long as you set the screen brightness not higher than 70%. It can get you through a whole day of heavy use.
LG surprised everyone with its unrivaled huge and super dense screen. If you are looking for some future proofing, this is the sharpest screen in the market. There’s nothing that can show you full size pictures and HD movies with as much detail as this phone. In the other areas, such as build quality, battery life, or even sound, you may find better choices but not by such a great distance that would make you regret getting this phone. So if screen if what you want, get it. Otherwise, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 are your other choices.